Design Workshop for Employers in the Durham Region

Diverse, immigrant-inclusive workplaces are more innovative, competitive, and resilient. Canadian businesses that invest in immigrant-inclusive workplaces will gain a competitive advantage by attracting talent, expanding to diverse consumers, and ensuring future workforce resilience.

WES has partnered with the Regional Municipality of Durham and local partners to implement a collaborative initiative that aims to develop strategies and tools for the recruitment and inclusion of immigrant talent in the region. The stakeholders include Welcome Centre Immigrant Services – Pickering and Ajax (Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre and Community Development Council of Durham), the Durham Workforce Authority, Human Resources Professionals Association – Durham (HRPA Durham), the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade, the Ajax Welcome Centre (Community Development Council of Durham), and Ontario Tech University.

Following a design-thinking approach, participants in this interactive workshop will co-create and improve on practical, implementable solutions to the needs and priorities of local employers. The workshop is ideal for HR leads, executives, entrepreneurs, and equity, diversity, and inclusion professionals. During the workshop, facilitators will help participants explore best practices for attracting and hiring immigrants and fostering inclusive workplaces that leverage newcomers’ skills, experiences, and talents.




Policy Advisor, Department of Planning and Economic Development
Regional Municipality of Durham


Daniel Cervan-Gil

Senior Manager, Employer Initiatives
World Education Services